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Communication and Society

This series encompasses the broad field of media and cultural studies. Its main concerns are the media and the public sphere: on whether the media empower or fail to empower popular forces in society; media organizations and public policy; political communication; and the role of media entertainment, ranging from potboilers and the human interest story to rock music and TV sport.

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1-10 of 47 results in Communication and Society
  1. News and Politics

    The Rise of Live and Interpretive Journalism

    By Stephen Cushion

    Series: Communication and Society

    News and Politics critically examines television news bulletins – still the primary source of information for most people – and asks whether the wider pace and immediacy of 24-hour news culture has influenced their format and style over time. Drawing on the concepts of mediatization and...

    Published March 19th 2015 by Routledge

  2. Journalism in Context

    Practice and Theory for the Digital Age

    By Angela Phillips

    Series: Communication and Society

    Journalism in Context is an accessible introduction to the theory and practice of journalism in a changing world. The book looks at the way in which power flows through media organisations influencing not only what journalists choose to present to their audiences but how they present it and then in...

    Published September 16th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Critical Political Economy of the Media

    An Introduction

    By Jonathan Hardy

    Series: Communication and Society

    How the media are organised and funded is central to understanding their role in society. Critical Political Economy of the Media provides a clear, comprehensive and insightful introduction to the political economic analysis of contemporary media. Jonathan Hardy undertakes a critical survey...

    Published June 16th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Media Effects and Beyond

    Culture, Socialization and Lifestyles

    By Karl Erik Rosengren

    Series: Communication and Society

    Addressing a multitude of questions and issues surrounding how we use the media, Media Effects and Beyond represents the results of an international research programme into the use and effects of television, video and music. Seeing the viewer not simply as passive object but as a very active...

    Published February 27th 2014 by Routledge

  5. Ill Effects

    The Media Violence Debate

    Edited by Martin Barker, Julian Petley

    Series: Communication and Society

    Ill Effects is a radical re-examination of the whole 'media effects' debate. It questions not only whether the media is capable of directly influencing people's views and actions, but also whether the idea of 'effects' is the most useful way of conceptualising the relationship between the media and...

    Published August 21st 2013 by Routledge

  6. Misunderstanding the Internet

    By James Curran, Natalie Fenton, Des Freedman

    Series: Communication and Society

    The growth of the internet has been spectacular. There are now more 1.5 billion internet users across the globe, about one quarter of the world’s population. This is certainly a new phenomenon that is of enormous significance for the economic, political and social life of contemporary societies....

    Published March 6th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Changing Journalism

    By Peter Lee-Wright, Angela Phillips, Tamara Witschge

    Series: Communication and Society

    Journalism is in transition. Irrevocable decisions are being made, often based on flimsy evidence, which could change not only the future of journalism, but also the future of democracy. This book, based on extensive research, provides the opportunity to reflect upon these decisions and considers...

    Published July 12th 2011 by Routledge

  8. Journalism After September 11

    2nd Edition

    Edited by Barbie Zelizer, Stuart Allan

    Series: Communication and Society

    Praise for the first edition: This collection of essays comes mainly from academics but nobody should bridle at theorists lecturing practitioners. They properly challenge the way September 11th was reported - in a way that's both an endorsement of the role of the media and a wake-up call on its...

    Published April 21st 2011 by Routledge

  9. Media and Democracy

    By James Curran

    Series: Communication and Society

    Media and Democracy addresses key topics and themes in relation to democratic theory, media and technology, comparative media studies, media and history, and the evolution of media research. For example: How does TV entertainment contribute to the democratic life of society? Why are Americans...

    Published March 24th 2011 by Routledge

  10. An Introduction to Political Communication

    5th Edition

    By Brian McNair

    Series: Communication and Society

    An Introduction to Political Communication introduces students to the complex relationship between politics, the media and democracy in the United Kingdom, United States and other contemporary societies. Brian McNair examines how politicians, trade unions, pressure groups, NGOs and terrorist...

    Published March 8th 2011 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Gender and Media: Representing, Producing, Consuming
    By Tonny Krijnen, Sofie Van Bauwel
    To Be Published July 17th 2015
  2. Misunderstanding the Internet, 2nd Edition
    By James Curran, Natalie Fenton, Des Freedman
    To Be Published January 15th 2016
  3. An Introduction to Political Communication, 6th Edition
    By Brian McNair
    To Be Published February 1st 2016
  4. Media Ownership Matters
    By Justin Schlosberg
    To Be Published February 1st 2016

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